The Sources of Violent and Nonviolent Offending among Women in Prison

Benjamin Steiner, Emily M. Wright, Sara Toto

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This study involved an assessment of the relevance of women’s background characteristics for predicting their offending in prison. Data were collected from over 650 women confined in a large prison for women in a Midwestern state, and the relative effects of these factors were examined. Findings revealed that background characteristics reflecting social demographics (e.g. race, sexual orientation) and women’s life experiences (e.g. abuse as a child) were relevant for predicting women’s violent and nonviolent misbehavior in prison.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-666
Number of pages23
JournalJustice Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 6 2020


  • gender
  • inmate
  • prison
  • rule violation
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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